Friday, December 23, 2011

Grýla

Grýla is a child-eating ogre or hag in Icelandic folklore.

Appearance: A giant hag

Lore: Grýla lives in a cave with her current husband, Leppalúði.  Jólakötturinn, the Yule Cat, is her pet. Grýla has 13 sons who are referred to as the Yule Lads or Yulemen. They are mischievous, gnome-like beings who reward good children, as well as play tricks on people. At Christmas-time, Grýla leaves her cave in search of bad children in order to capture in her sack. She then takes her victims home and and cooks them in a stew.

Powers: Grýla is incredibly strong.

Defense Against Grýla: Be good boys and girls.

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